Kate Strout
Co-Owner

I’m Kate! I am a dog mom, baker, and kickboxing amateur. I like doing a little bit of everything from photography, pottery, cooking, baking, cake decorating, and gardening. Learning new things every day has become an essential part of my well being.

Fitness is not my forte, but it is something I am learning to love. I had barely taken fitness classes before kickboxing, but hitting a bag fueled my fire. I began to push myself, feeling stronger after each class, and enjoying the company of new friends.

My passion lies more along the lines of empowering and supporting others. I think it is so incredibly important to be able to create an environment where anyone at any level can feel like they are being challenged and encouraged. Loving yourself allows you to see the beauty in others and understand that everyone has their own battles.

I love teaching, pushing myself, and learning new things, so why not?

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

Stacy Kim Strout

Stacy Strout
Co-Owner

My name is Stacy! I created the KUMA Kickboxing program as an opportunity to teach women of all fitness levels. Being able to form a bond and community with these women, is something I hold close to my heart.
 
I have been doing martial arts for over fifteen years, and still challenge myself to learn every day. Integrating these techniques into my classes creates a unique style of exercise. A significant amount of trial and error comes with this method, and I embrace every second of it.
 
When I am not teaching, I enjoy creating. Everything from throwing clay, painting watercolors, and graphic design. I live my life having a student mentality, always trying to improve and learn from the people around me. My Korean heritage has allowed me to explore another side of who I am, but being from the south, I still always love my biscuits and gravy.

Andrea Silva
Kickboxing Coach

Andrea here! I am new to coaching kickboxing, but a veteran to throwing jabs and hooks. I fell in love with kickboxing in high school at my local karate studio and, as an adult, attended Dojo Sante in Hudson, NH led by Sensei Matt. After moving to Maine, I was thrilled to find my new tribe at KUMA Fit, and beyond excited to share my passion through coaching.

I believe that women’s kickboxing is not only an incredible full-body workout, but also a holistic, supportive approach to fitness. The inclusivity and fun that comes with women’s kickboxing leaves you feeling strong, confident, and energized. In other words – a sexy beast!

Outside of KUMA, I try my best to keep up with my six-year-old Vizsla, Senna. We enjoy hikes, fat tire bike rides, and long walks on the beach (not a cliché, we live on the beach!). My 9-to-5 is in marketing and live events at IDEXX; although when I win the lottery I will dedicate my time to opening a dog sanctuary and, of course, KUMA Fit. 

“You don’t need to be perfect. You just need to show up.”

Joyce Shaw
Kickboxing Coach

My name is Joyce, I’m a wife, mother to two very active boys, and I have two dogs. One of my passions is cooking and baking; finding new recipes to make every week.
I enjoy spending time in my gardens growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. I also love teaching my kids how to grow them.

Before my children, I had never stepped into a gym. After my first son was born, I tried many different types of fitness classes. Nothing seemed to fit just right, until I found Kuma Kickboxing two years ago.

I love kickboxing because going to class, even on “down” days, you leave feeling strong, happy and empowered. The women in this group are amazing. We are all different and have our own struggles, but we support and motivate each other. This is what was missing from the other classes I had tried.

When Stacy asked if anyone was interested in instructing, it seemed so natural for me. I want you to feel strong and empowered in this group, just as others have made me feel.

So, that’s why I’m here – I understand the struggle is real. Specifically, being motivated to get to class, staying fit, understanding nutrition, and eating healthy. When you are in a tribe of women who support each other and hold each other accountable, these struggles are easier.

I can’t wait to meet you! Welcome to our tribe.

Thayi Lim
Kickboxing & Yoga Coach

My name is Thayi! I am a mother of three amazing children. Orthodontist by day, and a group fitness instructor by night. My fitness journey started when my oldest daughter was five. I wanted to get myself into better shape by taking classes. It was exhilarating; I loved the physical and mental growth exercise gave me. I really enjoyed the way my body changed and how I began to feel.

Fast forward to today, I have been an instructor at the YMCA for twelve years, teaching various classes such as aqua, piyo, cardio kickboxing, HIIT, and yoga. I aspire to connect with my fellow community members and gain friendships throughout our journey together. I believe these connections will help strengthen the mind, body, and soul.

“A body in motion stays in motion” – Unknown

Anne Thurlow
Kickboxing Coach

I’m Anne! I started my fitness journey two years ago when I was searching for a karate class for my son. I stumbled upon KUMA, and when I saw that they also offered a kickboxing class for women, I was curious and decided to check it out. As a runner in high school, I had a foundation in fitness, but had gotten away from it due to the demands of working full time, and my desire to start a family.

After a short time attending kickboxing classes, I felt stronger and healthier.The workouts became an amazing source of stress relief. I look forward to the challenges of teaching the class and sharing all the benefits I have gained from my two years of KUMA kickboxing.

I live in Saco with my husband, my nine year old son, and our pets. Currently, I work full time at a veterinary specialty hospital. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, journaling, paper crafts, and photography.

Stephanie Hamlyn

Stephanie Hamlyn
Kickboxing Coach

Hi I’m Stephanie! My passion to inspire others to reach their full potential fueled my drive to become a certified personal trainer. I found my voice, my strength and my purpose through fitness, while facing some life challenges over the past few years. Part of my fitness journey has been training myself and losing 120lbs. In doing so, I found that am stronger than I know and I hope to share that excitement with my clients to empower and support them through their own personal journeys.

I try to constantly push myself out of my comfort zone and into new areas of fitness and personal growth because I believe there is beauty in rising from the ashes. What I love to do is individualize training programs based on your lifestyle, goals and needs.

When I’m not in the gym, I’m playing with my tiny humans and our fluff ball Ayla. I love to get my creative juices flowing by painting abstract on canvas and spend my free time networking with other professionals and learning as much as I can to help others.

If I can leave you with one thing, you are enough, and you’re stronger than you know.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”

Elizabeth

Elizabeth England
Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Hi! I’m Elizabeth. I am so excited to be a part of the KUMA community and to share my passion for yoga with you all. I graduated from college in 2017 and since have enjoyed developing a committed and curious yoga practice. When I am not on the mat, I enjoy a career working with children with intellectual disabilities, spending time with my family, and the occasional spin class. Yoga has given me a safe place to land, encouraged me to be true to myself always, and fueled a fire within me to learn and grow with each breath I take.

I graduated from my 200 hour teacher training in June and have been enjoying finding my vibe in teaching. From teaching vinyasa classes for adults, to themed classes for kids, I enjoy getting to know my students and teach to strengthen their abilities. In my classes, you’ll be encouraged to honor yourself, take up space, feel, breathe, release, and enjoy the moment.

See you on the mat!

Ashley Boucher
Front Desk

Hello there! I’m Ashley! I found Kuma Fit a few months ago and have been *jab, cross, hook-ed* ever since! I had taken kickboxing classes in college and knew kickboxing was the way I was going to bring health and wellness back into my life while also holding my interest. I do not usually enjoy working out, but at Kuma it’s one of my favorite parts of my day! When not at work I love spending time with my fiancé and two cats. I enjoy days spent at the beach, a good book, getting crafty and trying new recipes. I look forward to seeing you at class!

Caela Lefebvre
Front Desk

Hey everyone, my name is Caela. I’m a step mom for 3 boys and a mother for 7 fur babies: 4 cats, 1 dog, and 2 goats. My typical week day consists of working full time, while also kicking a** at kickboxing and karate. During my days off I love spending time with my family. We enjoy fishing, four wheeling, hiking, snowboarding, and more 🙂

I’ve been part of Kuma tribe for 10 months now. I’ve tried the traditional workouts: treadmill, and jogging. It was not for me. I’d have a hard time staying focused and my anxiety kept me from going to a gym. It wasn’t until I found Kuma that I can finally say I’ve found a fitness journey that works for me. Everyone’s support has made it a welcoming place to be 3 times a week. I am very excited to begin this new step in my life.

“The only time you’re allowed to get low in your life is during your squats”